A couple of days ago, we've noticed that Peanuts was dragging her butt all over the floor and whimpering about it. At first, I was thinking, maybe it was because of the mange since she's been playing with Coal and Ginger.
Since our vaccination date was coming to a close, I told myself that what better time but now, to ask the vet about her behavior. He told us it may possibly come from worms since we haven't had her "purged" ever since we got her. This was because the person we got her from told us that she had been dewormed recently already.
So I've decided to have her dewormed immediately after her shot. It's been 2 days and the vet was right on the money. I was amazed on the sheer number of worms Peanuts let out of her system.
Immediately after getting home: Small Segments
1st Day: Diarrhea and mucoidal poop with no worms accounted for.
2nd Day: First hour, tape worms!!! Long and many in a cluster! And 1 live roundworm wondering further from the litter spot.
2nd Attempt to Poop on the 2nd Day: Nothing comes out except two more roundworms stuck in her bottom! Since my beau is a nurse, he pulled them out himself. They were even trying to get back in- THE NERVE!
|If the wormies don't get , pull it out gently because there's a tendency that they'll break.|
3rd Attempt to Poop on the 2nd Day: More roundworms in a cluster.
|I don't want to know what's inside that black poop.|
Now, to get to the nitty gritty part of talking about Deworming...
Are humans susceptible to their pet's worms?
Yes. Children especially, who have not normally developed their immune systems are prone to catching worms. Toxocara canis are roundworms from dogs.
If humans come into contact with contaminated feces, there is a possibility to contract a disease called Toxocara. Although, it's very rare.
For cats, these worms are called Toxicara cata.
|What pet worms can humans contract?
3. Ringworm (which isn't actually a worm but a fungus)
Lastly, people cannot contract heartworms because the moment the carrier (usually a mosquito) injects it in our blood stream, it usually gets attacked by our oh-so-awesome immune system.
How can I help prevent these worms from infesting Fido's system?
Simple, regular deworming!
One more thing, use dog medicine for dogs. Some people try to save money by buying Mebendazole for children. Antihelmintic medicine will never be as effective as Dewormers for dogs.
Boost your dogs immune system by feeding him correctly and providing the proper vitamins. Yes, it will be a little expensive than not spending on supplements, but (as the age old saying goes) remember "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE".
Observe proper hygiene.
Peanuts has been licking the floors starting 2 weeks ago. So one more thing, try to prevent your dog from licking floors and stray animals.
How often should I deworm my dog?
|Adult dogs- Once every 3 months
Puppies starting 2 weeks to 12 weeks of age- once in every two weeks
Pregnant and Lactating Bitches- before mating, after 6 weeks into her pregnancy, after giving birth and while feeding her puppies with her milk.